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On average, the train journey from Glasgow to Edinburgh usually takes around 1h 15m, but can take just 45m on the fastest services, with around 151 trains running on this popular route each day. As there are direct Scotrail services available, you don’t need to worry about changing along the way. So you can sit back, relax and enjoy the onboard amenities including family-sized tables, power sockets and generous luggage allowances. If you prefer travelling in style, upgrade to Scotrail First Class and enjoy comfy seats, quieter coaches and complimentary refreshments.
Boasting cobbled streets, medieval architecture and elegant gardens, Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and a fantastic location to spend a few days. Edinburgh Waverley station is situated in centre of the city, meaning you can start exploring as soon as you step off the train. Make your way to Edinburgh Castle for spectacular views of the city, or the National Museum of Scotland to learn about the country’s fascinating history and culture.
If you’d like to save money on your train tickets, try travelling Off-Peak. Tickets tend to be cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends. Also, if you get a Railcard, you’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
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The average journey time by train between Glasgow and Edinburgh (Waverley) is 1 hour and 14 minutes, with around 169 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Glasgow to Edinburgh (Waverley) is 45 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Glasgow to Edinburgh (Waverley) can start from as little as £5.30 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh (Waverley) without having to change trains. There are 169 direct trains from Glasgow to Edinburgh (Waverley) each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Glasgow to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 05:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Glasgow to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 23:45. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Glasgow to Edinburgh (Waverley) cover a distance of around 42 miles (67 km) during the journey.
If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Glasgow to Edinburgh (Waverley) is right for you.
National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.
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I was working in Glasgow for a couple of weeks and decided to take a day trip to Edinburgh, as I’d never been before, and it only takes around 40 minutes to travel between these two cities by train. I arrived about 15 minutes before my train was due to leave, so I grabbed a coffee before heading to my platform.
On the train
I hopped on the ScotRail service I’d booked to travel to Edinburgh and found my seat with ease, there was enough space above me to store my coat, so I settled in for the journey. There was free WiFi on the train so I used this to upload some snaps of the countryside from my window to social media, as it looked so pretty as we whizzed along.
Arriving into Edinburgh Waverley station
We arrived into platform 4 at Edinburgh Waverley, did you know it’s the second-largest station in the UK? Well, you can tell! It’s huge! The main concourse sits right in the middle of the station and has exits on both sides, as I was heading into Old Town first to look at the castle, I took the Market Street exit.
Jorja is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.